LOW ACT: Goitom Hidremichael, a refugee from Eritrea, had his locked bike stolen from Vernon St while he was at church. Can you help him? Email us editorial@coffscoastadvocate.com.au
LOW ACT: Goitom Hidremichael, a refugee from Eritrea, had his locked bike stolen from Vernon St while he was at church. Can you help him? Email us editorial@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

Bike was stolen during Goitom’s Easter vigil

COFFS Coast resident Goitom Hidremichael was left in disbelief after his bike was stolen while he attended an Easter service at church.

Goitom had left his 18-speed mountain bike chained to a rack outside Australia Post in Vernon St while he attended an Easter vigil at the Coffs Harbour Uniting Church on Saturday evening.

But after returning from the service, he found the bike had been stolen, and the lock chain cut through.

He said he had chosen the spot to lock his bike because he thought it was the safest place to leave it.

"I chained the bike there because it was very well lit and there are many people around," he said.

"You wouldn't expect this to happen here."

Goitom, who works full-time as a cleaner at a Park Beach motel, had received the gift from his friend and colleague Peter Smithers earlier this year.

Peter said he gifted the bike to Goitom to help with his journeys to and from work each day.

Goitom said he hoped people will come forward with information on the bike, described as having a red and black frame.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Coffs Harbour Police on 6691 0799 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.